Serums. There’s something aloof and almost mysterious about them. Maybe you think they’re for older women. Maybe you got spooked by their price tag.
But now you’re here. And you want to know how to use face serums. Whether you want to treat existing skin issues, or you want to upgrade your cleanse-tone-moisturize routine, serums are a great way to pamper your skin and give it some extra love.
So in this article, I’m going to talk about serums—what they are, how they work, why they’re good for your skin. And of course, the best way to use a serum for the quickest and best results.
If you’ve been wondering about serums, like adding one to your routine or getting a new one for a specific skin concern, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s dip into the world of skincare serums!
What are Serums?
Serums are a liquid skincare product that contains high concentrations of active ingredients. This lets them deliver these ingredients to the skin more efficiently, so you can see their effects more quickly than moisturizers or essences.
They are water-based, instead of being oil-based, which makes them thinner and lighter in texture than creams or facial oils. They are often thin, clear, and gel-like, making them easy to spread and use.
How Do Serums Work?
Like I just said, serums are very concentrated solutions, packed with active ingredients like Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, tea tree oil, or retinol. They contain very small molecules of these ingredients, which makes it very easy for the skin to absorb them.
Moreover, these molecules in serums can penetrate the skin better than creams ever can. This is because they can go deep into your skin and hydrate it from the inside. On the other hand, heavy moisturizers just sit on the top layer of your skin.
In short, serums deliver active ingredients by penetrating the skin effectively, treating your skin from deep within.
What Makes Serums So Great?
Serums are amazing because they multitask. Besides treating your skin with all these amazing ingredients, they also hydrate your skin deeply, without adding any oil to the skin. This makes serums a great addition to skincare routines for all types of skin.
Also, serums sink right into the skin and are absorbed pretty quickly. As a result, they don’t form a film or barrier on your skin, so you can add other skincare steps like creams, ampoules, or sheet masks after a serum. A serum won’t block out active ingredients in the next steps of your skincare the way a heavy moisturizer will.
How to Use a Face Serum: Everything You Need to Know
Here’s how you should apply a serum for the best results. When used the right way, you’ll get the most bang for your buck too and you won’t feel too guilty for spending so much on skincare.
Get the Right Serum:
Everyone has unique skin texture, complexions, and problem areas. There’s not much of a one size fits all for skincare so you have to do a bit of research beforehand. Identify your skin type and concerns and get serums with ingredients that are specifically meant for them.
For example, salicylic acid serums are best for oily and acne-prone skin. Hyaluronic acid serums hydrate and nourish dry skin. If you have pigmented skin, acne scars, or uneven skin tone, go for serums with Vitamin C, Niacinamide, or Licorice.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a specific skin concern and just want to add a little extra something to your routine to keep your skin healthy, this serum with ferulic acid and Vitamin C gives you glowing skin and protects it from environmental damage in the long run.
Use Clean Hands:
As with other skincare products, use clean hands to apply your serum to your face. Dirty hands will just mean that you are transferring bacteria from your hands to your face. And no one needs extra pimples and blemishes, right?
Apply It in the Right Order:
Always apply your skincare products in the right order, from the thinnest to the thickest. This will allow your skin to absorb each product properly, making them more effective. In other words, you should apply your serum after you have cleansed and toned your face, before your spot treatments or moisturizer.
Don’t Overdo It:
You might be tempted to slather on a huge amount of serum so your skin feeds on the goodness in it. But applying too much will overwhelm your skin so it won’t be able to absorb it well. Instead, use 3-4 drops of serum for your entire face. Since they are so concentrated and potent, you only need a tiny bit anyway.
Massage It Lightly into Your Skin:
Rub the serum between your palms for a second or two to warm it up–this makes it easier to spread and absorb. Then, gently massage into your skin using upward, circular motions. If you want to be even gentler, pat it into your skin instead. Continue tapping and patting your skin lightly until the serum has been mostly absorbed.
Give Your Skin a Rest:
Wait a minute or two before applying your moisturizer. This way, your serum will be fully absorbed into your skin. Then apply your moisturizer, which will add moisture and seal in the hydration from your serum. Then continue with the rest of your routine and apply your makeup/facial oils/sleeping packs etc.
Keep using your serum regularly to reap all the benefits it can bestow on your skin. The frequency depends on your skin; many people prefer simple routines in the morning and only apply serums at night. Others apply it in both their AM and PM routines.
In order to see results within a couple of weeks, it is best to use your serum at least once a day. A consistent application will give you the fastest results.
Serums are a great way to jazz up your skincare routine. No matter what kind of issue you have, serums will resolve them in weeks, giving your gorgeous, glowy skin. Also, knowing how to use face serums will open a whole new world for you. You can use different serums on different days to address multiple skin issues and even experiment with various formulations to see what suits you the best.
If you’ve read this far, there’s a good chance you’ve been successfully converted to a serum fan. And once you start using them, you’ll realize serums are the best investment ever for your skin!
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